BANGOR, Maine — One of the men accused of robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Union Street in late May has pleaded not guilty to robbery.
Darien Young, 18, of Bangor entered his plea on Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
His alleged accomplice, 33-year-old transient Sheldon Hopkins, also was scheduled to enter a plea Tuesday but requested and was granted a continuance, according to a spokeswoman for the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.
Both men are charged with Class B robbery and are being held at Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail set last month at $100,000 cash for Hopkins and $10,000 cash or $20,000 surety for Young.
A higher bail was requested for Hopkins by Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Susan Pope because of his extensive criminal record in Maine and North Carolina.
A Penobscot County grand jury indicted both men in connection with the holdup late last month.
According to Bangor police and Penobscot County prosecutors, the two reportedly got away with narcotics, including oxycodone, during the robbery, which occurred about 7:50 p.m. May 30.
Though each of the suspects presented notes during the robbery claiming that they had guns, no weapon was found.
Bangor police Detective Erik Tall, who was off duty and inside the pharmacy when the robbery happened, reported the crime and chased the suspects as they fled the scene on foot, Lt. Tom Reagan said shortly after the arrests were made.
The two men were arrested within hours of the heist. They were found in the wooded area between Sunset Avenue and the southbound lane of Interstate 95.
Both men were homeless at the time of the robbery, according to court documents.
If convicted, each man faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. They also could be ordered to pay restitution to Rite Aid for its cost of the drugs.
The May 30 robbery was the second in nine days for the pharmacy, located at the corner of Union and Fourteenth streets.
It was the second robbery in nine days at that Rite Aid location. It was robbed May 21 by a man who passed a note to the pharmacist through the drive-thru window saying he had a bomb.
An arrest has not been made in that case.